Overview of Digestive Issues
According to the National Institutes of Health, 60-70 million people in the United States are affected by digestive issues including chronic constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and IBS. It doesn’t help that we all tend to live stressful lives and eat the Standard America Diet (SAD).
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine and nutritional or lifestyle changes can effectively improve many digestive issues. There are many herbal formulas that have been specifically formulated to address digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, IBS, nausea, heartburn, and more. Additionally, acupuncture helps regulate digestive function and motility as well as reduce inflammation.
What Does The Research Say?
A systematic review and meta-analysis published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine showed greater improvement than the control groups, which included standard western medical treatment, for IBS with diarrhea. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provided reduced abdominal pain, abdominal distention or discomfort, and diarrhea. Find the research here.